Zig Zag

TBI Weekly: AVOD, branding and ‘You’ discussion dominates NATPE

The aftermath of rampant consolidation was in the spotlight at this week’s NATPE market, where the uptick in AVOD models, rights ownership and branding à la Netflix-Lifetime hit You dominated the discussion. Steven Cahall, senior analyst with RBC Capital Markets, said it best early on in the week: “If you don’t work for the four […]

Mentorn appoints Hughes as head of development

Mentorn Media has appointed Paul Hughes as head of development, after the exec joined last year. Hughes will lead the development team to supercharge the producers’ diverse development slate with a focus on returnable factual entertainment and entertainment content for both the UK and the international market. The exec joined Mentorn last year as senior […]

UK and Kiwi producers join forces

Producers in the UK and New Zealand will work together more closely after Pact and Spada inked a deal. The UK and Kiwi producers’ associations said the memorandum of understanding covers information sharing and delegations from one country visiting the other. UK trade body Pact already has a similar MoU with the Screen Producers’ Association […]

Zig Zag, Yoshimoto prep prank show

UK independent producer Zig Zag Productions and Japan’s Yoshimoto Kogyo are coproducing PrankStars, a new prank-based gameshow. The pair said that discussions are underway with Heroes and Hawaii 5-0 star Masi Oka to host the show, in which teams of experts prank unsuspecting victims. Zig Zag and Japanese entertainment company Yoshimoto first joined forces back […]

Zig Zag staffing up, poaches ITV exec

Zig Zag Productions has hired Andy Scott (pictured) for a new head of entertainment role, as the UK indie producer said today it plans to make several more hires as part of a senior management restructure. Zig Zag said Scott’s is the first in a series of new appointments, who will become genre heads for […]

Danny Fenton’s postcard from Russia

Zig Zag founder Danny Fenton’s first experience of Russia included horrible hotel rooms and excellent opportunities for coproduction and format deals, despite the political situation and the local pay TV advertising crisis. At the time when I was invited to join the Pact / UKTI-sponsored trip to Russia it seemed like a great opportunity to […]

First sale for Prince Harry spoof series

Australian free-to-air broadcaster Network Ten has acquired the upcoming reality series I Wanna Marry Harry. The 8x60mins series will go out on the Fox broadcast net in the US on Tuesday, May 27 in a 8pm slot. In the reality show, which was shot in the UK, US women compete for the attention of a […]

Love format will Tear Zig Zag and Gurin Apart

UK and US independent producers Zig Zag and The Gurin Company are joining forces to create a couples in crisis format Love Will Tear Us Apart. The pair said the format will put couples who are undergoing relationship problems through a stress test. Concerned friends and family nominate couples, ten of whom are then taken […]

Content crunch – the fight for rights

As the pace of consolidation quickens, competition for rights is fiercer than ever. Stewart Clarke talks to distributors about the changing face of the business and how, in the hyper competitive world of TV, they are gaining access to content. First-look deals, overall deals, development deals, output deals, umbrella deals and pod deals: all are […]